3/14/2013

The Long Goodbye


A typical day for me begins with five foot commute from my bedroom to the home office across the hall, where I sit down still in my PJs and log on to the computer. My routine always includes three important items to look at first.
  1. Check my emails to see if anything important will need tending to early in the day, like a sale from my Etsy shop. If I have a sale I'll send a confirmation email and print a packing slip and mailing label right away. 
  2. Glance at the news headlines to decide if I want to continue on with the day or go back to bed. This also includes checking the weather forecast, even before I look out the window. Sometimes you just need to steel yourself, particularly this year when winter just doesn't want to bow out gracefully. It's snowing again today. Sigh. 
  3. Look at Google Reader for updates to my favorite blogs. Those are usually international bloggers who, because of the time difference, have already made their posts for the day.
Only then do I traipse downstairs to get my morning coffee, which I often bring back upstairs to sip while reading blogs and news articles.

jessicaNdesigns at Etsy
As you may have heard, Google announced today that it has decided to end its Google Reader RSS Service on July 1st. I was saddened to hear this because I have been using it for several years and I'm a creature of habit. I like the simple design and features of Google, like the way it highlights in bold the feeds that have updates and shows how many posts I haven't read. With a forlorn sigh I went searching for a new site to accommodate my always growing list of blogs. I googled it. I know. Ironic huh? And that's how I came to discover Feedly.

I was expecting a big hassle that would involve somehow saving all my blog feeds and trying to transfer them to a new service. Most likely I'd lose a few in the process. Therefore, it was a totally pleasant surprise to discover that it was an entirely effortless event. All I had to do was download Feedly, which is free by the way. Took mere seconds. It then asks for permission to access my Google account and before you can say "bippity boppity boo" everything was done! Like magic. And not like the magic where the magician makes someone disappear and then can't get them back. All my feeds transferred perfectly. Nothing lost in the process. Yes! (Insert fist pump.) So now I can say a proper long good-bye to Google Reader. And when I make my way across the hall the morning of July 1st, with bare feet and a filmy peignoir (dramatic license applied) rather than wool socks and flannel layers, my blogs will still be waiting for me.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, I was wondering what reader I was going to use when google reader closed. I just
    went to Feedly and really like it. Thanks

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